The Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court is noted as one of the most astute leaders of any state bench. Which may explain why Chief Justice Ronald George’s criticism of the state’s initiative process has drawn significant notice. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/11/us/11calif.html?bl
“Chickens gained valuable rights in California on the same day that gay men and lesbians lost them,” he told the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in reference to Proposition 8, which was passed by voters in 2008 and overrode George’s careful decision in In re Marriage Cases. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/opinions/archive/S147999.PDF
Proposition 2 that year prohibited confinement of chickens and other farm animals in a manner in which they could not turn around freely, lie down, stand up and otherwise extend their limbs. http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_2_(2008) It passed with 63.5 percent of the vote.
Proposition 8 passed with 52.3 percent of the vote and confined loving gay couples to non-marital relationships. http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/California_Proposition_8_(2008)
The Los Angeles Times reported today that the Prop. 8 Gay Marriage litigation is heating up. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2009/10/gay-marraige-court-battles-comes-to-a-head-in-california.html The California Supreme Court maintains an excellent resource center on the litigation. http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/courts/supreme/highprofile/prop8.htm